The 8 Seasons in Lapland

Lapland, a region located in the northernmost part of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, is known for its diverse seasons and natural beauty. While most people are familiar with the traditional four seasons – winter, spring, summer, and autumn – Lapland has four additional seasons that are unique to the region. This makes a total of 8 Seasons in Lapland. These additional seasons are known as the below:

1. Kaamos

The “kaamos” season is the darkest time of year in Lapland, occurring during the winter months from November to January. During this time, the sun does not rise above the horizon, leading to long periods of darkness and cold temperatures. The average temperature during the kaamos season is around -10°C to -30 °C. Despite the dark and cold conditions, this is a popular time for activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding. You can experience the blue moment in the afternoon and twilight. During the darkest time of the year, bathing in the sauna, ice-swimming, hearty soups, fragrant homemade berry juices, rich red wines and mulled wine are popular in Lapland.
 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by TJD┃The Journey Designed (@travelwithtjd)

 

2. Kevätlumi

The “kevätlumi” season, also known as the “spring snow,” occurs in the spring months of March and April. During this time, the temperatures is still be cold, averaging about around -10 °C to +10°C. This is a good time for activities such as hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. In springtime, the sun shines brightly and the days have already become longer. One of the best months for outdoor activities.
 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by TJD┃The Journey Designed (@travelwithtjd)

3. Syyslumi

The “syyslumi” season, also known as the “autumn snow,” occurs in the autumn months of September and October. During this time, the temperatures begin to cool down. Autumn is also when the hunting season begins. The season is long and dark, but also offers a chance for a sighting of the northern lights dancing across the sky. It’s a popular pastime in Lapland, many filling their freezers with game for the winter. The average temperature during the syyslumi season is around 5°C (41°F). This is a good time for activities such as hiking, hunting, and mushroom picking.
 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by TJD┃The Journey Designed (@travelwithtjd)

 

4. Joulumaa

The “joulumaa” season, also known as the “Christmas land,” occurs in December and is characterized by the festive atmosphere and holiday traditions of Lapland. The average temperature during the joulumaa season is around -5°C (23°F). This is a popular time for activities such as visiting Santa Claus Village and participating in traditional Christmas events and activities.
 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by TJD┃The Journey Designed (@travelwithtjd)


 
In addition to these four seasons, Lapland also experiences the traditional four seasons of winter, spring, summer, and autumn. During the summer months in Lapland, the region experiences a phenomenon known as the “midnight sun.” This occurs when the sun stays above the horizon for weeks at a time, resulting in long periods of daylight without any darkness. The midnight sun is the opposite of the “kaamos” season. During the midnight sun, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as fishing, hiking, and riding along the fells. The warm temperatures and abundant sunlight also make it a good time to pick herbs and wild berries, with bilberries being the first to ripen. Overall, the midnight sun is a unique and enjoyable experience that can only be found in Lapland during the summer months.
 
The winter season (December to February) in Lapland is characterized by cold temperatures, snow, and shorter days, while the spring season (March and April) is marked by longer days and warmer temperatures. The summer season (June to August) is characterized by warm temperatures, long days, and abundant sunshine, while the autumn season (September and October) is marked by cooler temperatures, shorter days, and colorful foliage.
 
Overall, Lapland is a region with a unique and varied climate, offering a wide range of activities and experiences for visitors throughout the year. Whether you visit during the dark and cold kaamos season or the festive joulumaa season, there is always something to see and do in this beautiful and diverse region.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.